Daniel Lampa, being the enthusiast that he is, was able to bring out some interesting insights from two very talented and unique artists. The first being an artist that observes his surrounding for his inspirations, and the second being an artist that has honed her craft immensely throughout her career.
Mark Arcamo’s “Connections That We Crave”
Running until July 31, 2021, at Blanc Gallery
Mark Arcamo is a visual artist born in 1983 in Zamboanga del Sur. He studied and graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from the Far Eastern University in Manila and has participated in group shows and solo exhibits since 2008. The artist is mainly known for his textured play on geometrical forms and asymmetrical shapes that carve depth in aesthetic and meaning
The artist says that his works in general speak of his observation on media consumption and social consciousness in the present information age. Arcamo, as a visual being, began his fixation and curiosity of the public’s emotional and intellectual responses to what is presented in media, and the tendency to become overstimulated by what they see.
For his recent show at Blanc Gallery called “Connections That We Crave,” Arcamo was inspired by a quote by James Turrel, A famed American light artist – “We live within this reality we create, and we’re quite unaware of how we create the reality.”
The artist thinks that we are given so much information and knowledge that it only makes us feel disconnected and detached. Based on his personal experiences and observations of the environment other than his own, our emotions are often misplaced. We react to things that we see on media that have no connection to us, but we ignore what really matters to us.
He feels that meaningful connections are of great importance; regardless of whether it’s the emotional, physical, spiritual, or intellectual kind, We should appreciate the relationships or connections that we have to the people still in our lives.
Elaine Roberto Navas’s “Something of Everything in Everything”
Running until August 15, 2021 at MO_Space Gallery
Elaine Roberto Navas is a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology graduate from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1985. She, later on, took her second degree from the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Painting in 1991. In 1994, she was the Juror’s Choice Award at the Art Association of the Philippines. She received the Honorable Mention prize at the Philip Morris Philippine Art Awards in 1995 & Singapore Art Awards in 2002 & 2004. She has done group and solo shows in Finale Art File, West Gallery, Art Informal Gallery, Silverlens Gallery in Manila and in Singapore through Fost Gallery and Valentine Willie Fine Art.
The artist, one of the protégés of the late Roberto Chabet, is known for frenetic drawings and Paintings that are usually blown up compositions of overlooked, everyday objects and lush landscapes, using the Impasto technique.
In her latest solo exhibition at the main gallery of MO_Space, she presents the public five sets of diptychs, a continuation of a series of paintings that she first showcased through the exhibit “We Cannot Step Twice Into The Same River” at Fost Gallery in Singapore. These paintings are based on photographs taken by her friend and fellow artist, Mawen Ong.
Notes about the Contributor
Art enthusiast and into Fashion, French Culture, Mid-century modern design and spends a lot of his time curating his home in Manila and LA. He lives with his 3 dogs, Coco, Yohji and Junya.